How to Deal With Burnout

Posted on March 17, 2022

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Almost everyone experiences burnout in one way or another – you may feel mentally or physically exhausted, unmotivated, and have a lack of care. It’s a common, shared experience that many students go through, especially during periods of excessive studying and stress. Sometimes when you are in a state of burnout it can be hard to see a silver lining or a time when things will get better. If you are feeling this way, here are some things you can do to recharge and destress.

1. Go on a walk

I know when I have large amounts of schoolwork to do, I usually end up cooped up inside of my room but it’s important to go outside and get some fresh air. Taking yourself out of the environment that you usually do work in and taking a quick walk around the neighbourhood or park can be really beneficial and refreshing. 

2. Watch a movie or an episode of your favourite show

Sometimes the best way to escape the feeling of burnout is to set aside your work for an hour or two. One way to do this is by watching your favourite movie or comfort show. Whether it’s a comedy series or a romantic film, taking your mind off of your schoolwork can really help you to relax. My personal go-to shows are Friends and Gilmore Girls.

3. Do yoga

Exercise in any form is a great way to relieve stress. Yoga, in particular, improves your overall well-being because it encourages you to clear your mind and focus on your body and breathing. The best thing is that there are many 10 to 20-minute yoga classes available on YouTube so you can do it from the comfort of your bedroom.

4. Journal

Journaling is another great way to practice mindfulness and enhance your overall well being. It’s one of the main ways that I destress and it is super easy to do. Sometimes our thoughts can become a jumbled mess so by simply writing down how you are feeling on paper, you can begin to come to terms with why you are feeling this way and start to focus on the positive. 

5. Bake something

When you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed you may be simply looking for a distraction and baking can be just that. Baking is one of my favourite things to do, especially when I’m feeling stressed out. It requires focus so it can really help to take your mind off of schoolwork and the yummy desserts that you get out of it are also a bonus!   

6. Talk to a friend or family member

Whether it be talking to your mom or catching up with a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, talking about how you are feeling can be a great way to overcome burnout. By simply being listened to you will feel more supported and less alone. Your peers may even be feeling the same way so talking to them can help you to validate your feelings.


Especially during this time of the semester when midterms are happening and there are various assignments due all at once, the feeling of being burnt out or overwhelmed is common. However, it is extremely important to prioritize your mental health and put your well being first. I hope that these tips can help you to destress, relax, and take your mind off of school even for just a few minutes or hours.

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